A simple Labor Day cocktail
If there is one day of the year that you should take it easy, it is Labor Day. Since its inception, National Day has honored hardworking Americans with a day off. The day is usually a time for barbecues in the garden full of juicy burgers, hot dogs, cook-free side dishes and delicious desserts. But there is one thing that no Labor Day celebration would be complete without and that is a cocktail.
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Even when you have a potluck, Labor Day can get a little, well, busy. If you work in the kitchen, you enjoy working on creating the perfect potato salad, making sure the noodles for your pasta salad are not overcooked, and baking at least one themed cake. However, one place to take it easy is your cocktail. Make a large cocktail and provide cups and ice for guests to help themselves.
Sure, sangria is always a crowd-pleaser, and who doesn’t love a margarita? But if you want your drink to really shine, this red wine and berry spritzer is a must. Although at first glance it resembles sangria (he uses red wine and various fruits), this cocktail is anything but. The chilled drink needs carbonic acid. Whether it is added with selzter water, berry kombucha or sparkling lemonade is up to you.
Another key element of this recipe is tea. You should use red zinger, raspberry zinger, or rooibos tea bags. The tea not only gives your cocktail a pleasant aroma and a slight fruity sweetness, but also provides your guests with loads of antioxidants to get them through the Christmas party. The tea is mixed with boiling water and sugar. After cooling, the remaining ingredients are added. Keep in mind that the batch cocktail will take at least four hours to cool down, so plan accordingly.
When setting up the cocktail area, leave in a serving of red wine mix, a bowl of ice, fruit to serve, and your carbonated beverage of choice. The selzterwasser, kombucha or lemonade should only be used to fill up each glass. Serving a batch cocktail will make your day ten times easier by eliminating the need to refill your guests’ glasses throughout the day. For more Labor Day party recipes that will make the holiday feel jobless, click here.
- 4 red zinger, raspberry zinger or rooibos tea bags
- 2 cups of boiling water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine
- 1/2 cup of Grand Marnier or another orange flavored liqueur
- 2 cups of different fruits: halved pitted dark cherries, sliced strawberries, raspberries or blackberries
- 1 small orange, halved, pitted, very thinly sliced
- Ice cubes
- Seltzer water, club soda, berry kombucha or sparkling lemonade
Step 1: Place 4 tea bags in a heat-resistant container. Add 2 cups of boiling water and 1/4 cup of sugar. Stir well and let stand until cool. Remove tea bags.
Step 2: Pour the tea into a large mug. Add 1 bottle of red wine and 1/2 cup of orange liqueur. Stir in 2 cups of different fruits and 1 sliced orange. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
Step 3: Fill wine glasses with ice. Add the red wine mixture to fill the glass 2/3 full. Use a spoon to add pieces of fruit to each glass. Top up with seltzer water to fill the glass. Serve immediately.